What could have been a monumental night in college football coaching news turned out to be a bit of a dud. In the end, the status quo remains unchanged as Nick Saban is locked in to a multi-year extension at Alabama and Mack Brown is staying put at Texas.
The news started to unravel from the scripted narrative this week when word got out of Alabama that Saban had finally agreed to sign his extension with the university. The multi-year deal is said to be a long-term deal but the details of the new contract for college football’s richest coach have yet to be shared. That sent a buzz throughout the college football social media world and reached Austin, Texas, where the Texas Longhorns were holding their annual football banquet. Brown had yet to address the banquet’s attendees but he was being given plenty of praise from those asked to speak at the event.
That included new athletics director Steve Patterson, who said he was excited to be working with Brown for years to come. It was later reported, first by Bobby Burton of 247 Sports.
BREAKING: Source tells me that Mack Brown, following mtg w school prez and AD, will remain coach of the Longhorns.
— Bobby Burton (@BobbyBurton247) December 14, 2013
This was the first official confirmed report to state Brown will be back with the Longhorns although it is worth mentioning there is not any confirmed statements suggesting he will be back in 2014. That does appear to be the case at this point, but those who choose to nitpick every word in every report and statement will be quick to suggest Brown could certainly still be the coach for the Longhorns for one more game before a pending change could be made. That is fair.
All we know for a fact right now is that Saban will be the head coach at Alabama and Brown will be the coach at Texas.
For at least a couple more weeks anyway.